Facebook uses flying objects to boost internet access
The social media website is currently building drones, satellites and lasers to deliver internet, calling the new venture, internet.org.
In an effort to connect people worldwide to the internet, Facebook has started a Connectivity Lab, which is looking to use high-flying devices to increase internet access worldwide.
"In our effort to connect the whole world with internet.org, we've been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky," Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg stated in a release.
The team behind the technology includes NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and Ames Research Center, both companies are leading experts in aerospace technology.
"We're looking at a new type of plane that can stay in the air for months at a time," Yael Maguire, Facebook director of engineering said in an online video. "These planes are solar powered with the ability to broadcast internet closer than satellite does," he added.
Recently, Facebook added key members from Ascenta, a small company from the UK who created the Zephyr, the world's longest flying solar-powered aircraft.
Ascenta will join Facebook to build an aircraft for internet.org.
"We've made good progress so far. Over the past year, our work in the Philippines and Paraguay has doubled the number of people using mobile data," Zuckerberg said. "Operators we've partnered with are helping three million new people access the internet."